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Interested in a career in the hospitality or culinary profession? Get started early!

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Check out what credits you could earn in high school if you're interested in enrolling in these JCCC programs:

  • Chef Apprenticeship
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Hotel and Lodging Management
  • Dietary Manager
  • Pastry/Baking

What’s next?

  • You must attend a Hospitality program information session at JCCC. To sign up for a session, email Carol Sparks or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 3626.
  • Fill out a Career Pathways Articulated Credit Application (PDF) and email it to the Career Pathways office along with a copy of either your ProStart or American Culinary Federation certificate or your National Restaurant Association (NRA) ServSafe certificate – Manager’s level. The ServSafe certificate can also be in card form.
  • Once these steps are completed you are eligible to enroll in hospitality courses*. See a counselor or contact the Hospitality and Culinary program.

NOTE: If you are enrolling in Professional Cooking 1 and have the ServSafe certificate, you will need to see Carol Sparks. An override will allow you to enroll in Professional Cooking 1.

Career Pathways Articulated Credit for ProStart® and American Culinary Federation High School Programs Requirements

If you have met the national ProStart® or the American Culinary Federation (ACF) requirements and can provide the required documentation, the following credits will be awarded on your Johnson County Community College transcript at no cost.

Requirement: Manager's level ServSafe certificate that is no more than two years old

Requirement: ProStart® or ACF certificate that is no more than two years old</p>

Requirement: Credit by exams and in addition to passing the written proficiency tests (3-4, plus final), passing a hands-on practical test administered in the kitchen is also required.

Students must first make an appointment. Contact Carol Sparks, 913-469-8500, ext. 3626. Testing will be written and practical. Written test ordered and administered in JCCC Testing Center.

After passing the written test, students must schedule the practical exam with the department. Students will be responsible for the practical examination food.

Requirement: ACF Junior Culinarian